Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bathroom Reveal!!

I didn't anticipate that my little Spring Break project would literally take the entire season to complete.  Wow, this face lift seemed to drag on and on.  But I finally have a reveal!  Disclaimer:  I have a point-and-shoot camera and this is a windowless room, so I did my best with the "long" shots.

Here is what our bathroom looked like BEFORE.  It wasn't a bad space but the wallpaper was not my taste or color preference, and the room felt dark and dreary.

Bright brass fixtures and paper bag brown wallpaper

Builder mirror and strip lighting

Chippy cabinets, and not in a good way
Here is our main bathroom AFTER!  Light, bright, airy and soothing!

We framed out the builder mirror


Delta Victorian faucets

Anthropologie "Waves" shower curtain = Splurge
Check out this link if you're sewing inclined

pleat detail

Notice the rope trim on the mirror, a nod to the nautical

Blue-tiful color!
("Paleness" by Kwal Paint)

Cost Breakdown:

  • $ 25  Glass knobs (E-Bay)                            
  • $ 65  Primer, paint and spray texture             
  • $ 40  Molding for mirror                              
  • $100 Anthropologie shower curtain            
  • $334 Faucets for tub/shower and sink         
  • $100 Light fixture                                       
  • $ 24  New toilet seat (how glam)                 
  • $   0  All decorative accessories (shopped the house)
  • $688 GRAND TOTAL                 
We got about $450 from Amex and Discover Cashback Bonuses this year which we used towards this project, so total out-of-pocket was $238.

Labor Breakdown:

Vicki V:
  • stripped the wallpaper
  • primed and painted all surfaces (walls, trim, cabinetry, mirror molding)
  • added the decorative details
My Man:
  • patched and textured the walls
  • installed faucets and fixtures
  • cut and installed the mirror molding (used tutorials here and here)
  • caulked
 We think it's like a breath of fresh air (very Spahhhh) and love it!

Linking to:


Debra said...

What a change! It's so pretty - looks like a different room, doesn't it? I love the way you trimmed out the mirror. Great job!

Chantal said...

Beautiful Vicki!!! I absolutely love it. You guys did great!

Ethnic Girl Fun said...

Your new bathroom is awesome! I love the color and love that shower curtain. The entire room is very airy and beautiful!

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Wow, what a transformation! So bright and light, I know you love it. Love the trim on the mirror, we're working on that project this week. Love your Anthro shower curtain. Great job! I'm "following" you from Metamorphosis Monday.

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! My daughter and I have both lusted after that Anthro shower curtain. :-) I live in an apt so wish I could do something about the bathroom mirrors here. You both should be very proud of yourselves.

Happy 4th!

Sue said...

Nice job! Your little bird hook is ADBORABLE!! Love the wall color. It is amazing the change that wall color makes. Great idea to frame out the mirror, too. This completely changed the look of the mirror without the expense of byuing a new one ( can you imagine how much a mirror that size owuld cost!? )

Tammy said...

This is Gorgeous! Love It!!! That was nice that you showed us the breakdown of what you did. So helpful! Thanks for sharing.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love the frame on the mirror. Huge improvement. Also like the shower curtain. Great job!

Mandy said...

I love the color and the shower curtain!

Mandy said...

How hard was it to change the fixtures in the shower area? My guest bath is a similar layout and was curious. Thanks!

Dear Lillie said...


Vicki V said...

Mandy, here's the scoop on the shower fixture switch. We had to get a different brand of the piece that turns the water on than the rest of the fixtures (we have tile and didn't want to tear anything out). I other words, we had a Moen piece and replaced with another Moen piece. Since we went with a chrome finish, this wasn't a problem, but I wouldn't recommend it for ORB. Believe it or not, my DH sweated most over the tub plug since our house is built on a slab and there was no going under it if something broke. Everything worked out fine, though. Whew!

abeachcottage said...

Love the transformation. The colour changes the air of the room a lot. You did a great job, well done.

Gail said...

You and man divided and conquered this project to a light filled, restful bathroom.

andie jaye said...

love the knobs on the cabinet. and that frame around the mirror is so classy! what a major improvement!

i would love it if you would link this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party at

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

This bathroom is adorable! I love the mirror and the shower curtain~it all came out perfect.

Maggie said...

I luv the bathroom redo, will you come do mine?

Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.

poindextr said...

love it!!! totally awesome job - my own bathroom is so so so pitiful *sob* I need to just imagine that I'm in your pretty new one. *ahh* feels better already :) Thanks for sharing, I do love it!

Kim said...

Looks totally awesome! Now - where do you get Kwal paint? I need that color!!!

Betty said...

Wow! Such an improvement. This bathroom looks amazing. Very jealous right now. :-) Great job!

andie jaye said...

thanks so much for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

Kristel said...

Your bathroom turned so nice! What an inspiration, I so need to get started on mine. Where on earth did you get the bird towel holder, it is too adorable!

Jenny said...

What a fresh and pretty bathroom! I love all of the details you added - framing the mirror, the shower curtain, the faucet and even the cute towel holder with the little bird on it. Well done!

Thanks so much for linking up to my first Room Evolution party! Looking forward to seeing more!